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Leaking coolant from somewhere at rear of my vw

Leaking coolant from somewhere at rear of my 1999 vw golf v5 2.3 engine also have white smoke. had a compression test not head gasket no water in oil or vice versa. tracy in uk

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(I will give you what would be most common in the U.S.A. reasons)
1) A leak somewhere that can be seen with a really good strong light, and probably a frame hoist so you get under the car.
Since the coolant is colored, you should be able to see or taste the leak.
Since the coolant is poison, you will need the tiniest droplet to taste for it.
The engine might need to be running to pressurize the cooling system for the leak to show up.
2) An internal leak in the engine, traceable by white smoke out the tailpipe.
3) A malfunctioning cooling fan or radiator cap.
God bless your efforts.

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What could be the cause of rough idle, smoke, engine cut off while driving in my vw golf mk4. All of a sudden it happened. I replaced the spark plugs, filter elements, and cleaned the throttle, to no...

What color is the smoke? White smoke is oil burning, black is fuel. There are a dozen things that could cause the symptoms you describe. Faulty fuel pump, dirty injectors, ignition system fault, cracked cylinder head, bad fuel, faulty engine sensor (MAP, OXY) etc. Really need to find a mechanic who can look at it in person.

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White smoke would indicate you're burning engine coolant. Black smoke is usually raw unburned fuel, and bluish smoke is oil. Has the engine overheated recently? Is it losing coolant without any external signs of a coolant leak? You may want to do a block check to see if you have a blown head gasket....

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White smoke

White smoke is usually a sign of the engine burning coolant.
You may have a gasket leak where the coolant is leaking into the cylinders when the engine is off, and you are burning it out until it warms up.

May 19, 2013 | 1999 Subaru Impreza

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White smoke from vw bora

if it does it all the time, could be antifreeze being burned off from a leak into the engine. this would need to be seen by a mechanic. unless it is just when you first start it on a cold or cool day and stops after the engine warms up. thats normal condensation burning off the pipes -
rule of thumb with smoke. bluish color means burning oil, black smoke - fuel exchange is off and is not combusting correctly, white antifreeze.

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If the smoke has a sweet smell to it then it is coolant from an internal leak inside the engine like a head gasket or other source. To confirm that you have a leaking head gasket have a shop problem the coolant recovery/surge tank with a gas analyzer for the presence of hydrocarbons in the coolant tank, this indicates for sure that a head gasket is the cause of the white smoke.

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Heat gauge moves up and down, the fan fan does not come on.VW POLO 2004 1.4i

sounds like a bad connection somewhere check your ground from the engine and body, to the battery. check all connections to all sensors in the rad and the coolant bungs, get them squared away best as possible.

if that's not the remedy check coolant level if the fan switch is not submersed in coolant it will not turn on the fan. and the same goes with the temp sensor the level may be right at the sensor but below the fan switch. If the coolant is low top it up. check it again in a couple days.

if the coolant in low again check for white smoke out the tail pipe. depending on your technical skills you may at this point want to bring it to a garage for leak down test and compression test. Good luck!

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I just changed the thermostat on 3.4 L 1999 Pontiac Gr Am GT THINKING IT WOULD FIX THE OVER HEATING. But there is white steam coming out the exhaust! The oil is not milky so it's not a head gasket. There's...

Are you adding coolant?
Yes ......means it's going somewhere.
Fill the coolant tank to the top...right to the top....leave the cap off and run the engine.
If you see bubbles you need a head gasket.
The intake gasket is another source of coolant leaks and at this area the coolant can be sucked into the engine and produce a white smoke.
Does the car run rough at the first start in the morning....could be antifreeze burning off in the cylinder or area that was leaking overnight meaning cyl gasket or intake gasket.
Look at the rear head to block area below the exhaust manifold.
Is there any trace of coolant or stains of coolant......yes means head gasket time.
Pressurizing each cyl at a time with air with the valves closed in that cyl will quickly show the location of the bad head gasket with bubbles coming out of the fill tank on the bad cyl (s).
Head gasket leaks don't always mean milky oil.

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Coolant leak somewhere now something blew and engine smoked

does the car blow white smoke out of the exhaust when its running?

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